The Center for Healthy Communities within the California Department of Public Health has partnered with the Mexican Consulate to host a serious of four COVID-19 Facebook Live events Tuesday’s at 12:00 p.m. (60 minutes each).
The target audience are the Latino and Farmworker Spanish speaking communities.
The first event is scheduled for Tuesday October 20, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.
Subsequent events to occur weekly thereafter on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities is hosting a DACA update event and free legal consultations on Wednesday, October 21st from 4pm to 6pm. They will be providing DACA updates and legal consultations. Please share with your networks.
“The new Immigrant Relief Fund for San Mateo County is unique in that it brings together a partnership of nonprofits to distribute grant funds and provide services to support recipients’ long term resilience – including: Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Samaritan House, Faith in Action Bay Area, and Mission Asset Fund (MAF). Working together, these nonprofits are partnering to provide undocumented families with $1,000 unrestricted cash grants and wraparound services to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis”.
“El nuevo Fondo de Ayuda para Inmigrantes en el Condado de San Mateo es único en el sentido de que reúne a una asociación de organizaciones sin fines de lucro para distribuir fondos de subvenciones y proporcionar servicios para apoyar a los beneficiarios’ a largo plazo, incluyendo: Sociedad de Ayuda Legal del Condado de San Mateo, Samaritan House, Faith en Action Bay Area y Mission Asset Fund (MAF). Trabajando juntas, estas organizaciones sin fines de lucro se están asociando para proporcionar a las familias indocumentadas efectivo sin restricciones de $ 1,000 y servicios integrales para ayudarles a superar la crisis de COVID-19 “.
The topic of immigrationis controversial and complex. However regardless of one’s personal views on the issue, it is undeniable that the uncertainty and lack of information in our communities is ultimately detrimental to the communities’ health. An article by the Washington Post describes how the stress experienced by the threat of deportation can have devastating effects on health, beyond those immediately affected.
“Over time, such chronic stress, unaddressed, will make them far more vulnerable to heart disease, asthma, diabetes and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
The University of Michigan conducted a study on the impact of the 2008 federal immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, the largest in U.S. history. The study found an increase of Hispanic babies born with low birth weight, which can cause long term health risks, a 24% increase in comparison to the year before.
The study also found that the risk for low birth weight was equally high for Latinas with protected legal status, “…in spite of their apparent safety, their bodies were reacting as if they, too, could soon be deported.” This can result in an “epigenetic” effect that modifies the way genes are expressed, allowing for the transmission of “vulnerabilities to stress from one generation to the next.”
While the debate over immigration continues, it is important to take a moment to recognize that what affects one group actually affects us all. We have a responsibility to care for the health of all community members, but equally important, to stay informed and aid those who are vulnerable.
The Office of Diversity and Equity’s Filipino Mental Health Initiative(FMHI) is excited to announce they will be hosting an immigration forum, Immigrants: At the Crossroads, for the Filipino Community on Saturday, December 9th at St. Andrew Catholic Church Hall in Daly City from 1:30 – 4pm.
According to Psychiatric Services, the Philippines is the fourth largest country of origin of immigrants to the United States, and the second-fastest-growing Asian immigrant group in the United States. Yet Filipino Americans are shown to significantly under-utilize existing mental health care services that are culturally, socially, and linguistically incompatible with their needs. Along with stigma, the attachment to traditional practices and healing methods remains a notable barrier to appropriate care for the Filipino American community.
For the last 5 years the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Latino Collaborative has put together the Annual Latino Health Forum, “Sana, Sana Colita de Rana” to provide an opportunity for Latino families to come together to learn strategies for emotional and physical well-being.
But what does the phrase “Sana, Sana Colita de Rana” mean?
When translated literally it means “heal, heal, little frog’s tail.” This expression is commonly used in many Latino communities to offer consolation when one, specifically a child, has fallen or gotten hurt. The phrase continues with “if you don’t heal today, you will heal tomorrow.” At its core this message is meant to offer relentless encouragement, that while we may be suffering today, things will get better tomorrow.